PR guru Max Clifford charged with 11 counts of indecent assault

Friday 26 April 2013 23.57
Max Clifford will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 28 May
Max Clifford will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 28 May

PR guru Max Clifford has been charged with 11 counts of indecent assault against teenage girls, Scotland Yard said.

The force said Mr Clifford, 70, who answered police bail today, faces charges linked to girls aged between 14 and 19 between 1966 and 1985.

Mr Clifford was arrested in December as part of the inquiry sparked by abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile.

Mr Clifford, whose clients have included "The X Factor" reality TV creator Simon Cowell, is best known in Britain for selling "kiss and tell" stories about the rich and famous to scandal-hungry tabloid newspapers.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 28 May.

Lawyers for Clifford were not immediately available to comment, but a statement from the publicist carried by Sky News said he was living a "24/7 nightmare".

"I have never indecently assaulted anyone in my life and this will become clear during the course of the proceedings," he said.

Other celebrities arrested in the Savile probe, codenamed Operation Yewtree, include glam-rock singer Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr and children's' TV show presenter Rolf Harris, who all deny any wrongdoing.

Earlier this month David Smith, a former BBC driver, became the first to have charges brought against him, including two counts of indecent assault, two of gross indecency, and one of buggery, all in 1984, prosecutors said.

Police say Savile committed 214 offences, including 34 rapes or serious sexual assaults, beginning as long ago as 1955.